The saying goes that on Saint Patrick’s Day everyone is Irish but that doesn’t require drinking pint after pint of Irish stout, doing Irish Car Bombs with every potential Irish cousin you meet at the bar, and that weird green beer. If you’re looking for a drink to make you feel extra lucky on St. Pat’s check out these delicious and simple cocktails made with ingredients that will be easy to find in any Irish pub you may find yourself in.
Sparkling Clover Charm (Courtesy of Findlandia)
Drinking. Ah, drinking. All day. All night. You know what it does to you; how it makes you feel and act, however different from the recap your friends give. Conversations are better, and food is absolutely better. Health conscious drinkers may end the night with a series of drunken crunches, but why not take note of what you’re putting into your body instead of trying to make up for it with 3 or 4 lousy minutes of a painfully sobering workout?
Gizmodo’s certified nutritionist Maren Robinson took a look at the best and worse drinks for your health, while keeping in mind that any amount of alcohol consumption will have more or less the same effect on your night.
It’s a testament to our melting pot culture that one of the most popular holidays in the United States is in celebration of the patron saint of Ireland. While St. Patrick’s day is celebrated with religious observance in Eire, March 17th is set aside as a day in which everyone can celebrate Irish (or Irish-American) culture. While South Florida is better known for its Latino flavor, we do have our fair share of Irish culture here, too...and in a part of the world best known for its partying, it goes without saying that South Florida will have its fair share of unforgettable St. Patrick’s Day celebrations. Just to name a few:
The Village at Gulfstream Park
501 S Federal Highway
Hallandale Beach, Florida
Hallandale’s famous race track, casino, and shopping mecca will be hosting a St. Patty’s day shindig on the second floor with Martini Bar and Playwright Irish Pub. The former will be offering drink specials from 2-5 PM, including Irish Car Bombs, Kiss Me I’m Irish Green Apple Martinis, and Irish Select whiskey. Then Playwright Irish Pub will take the reins with $4 drink specials on pints of Guinness, Harp, and Smithwicks. There will also be a “Party at the Park” featuring live music, traditional Irish foods, and a $1,000 bar tab giveaway.
The Lucky Clover Irish Pub
1111 SW 1st Avenue
Miami, FL 33130
One of Brickell’s newest additions, and a veritable embassy of Irish Culture in the greater Downtown area, The Lucky Clover will be host a massive street party with a slew of musical acts, including a U2 tribute band. The music and beer will flow in Brickell this coming Saturday from 1:00 PM til 11:00.
The Field Irish Pub & Eatery
3281 Griffin Road
Dania Beach, FL 33312
Perhaps one of the most authentic Irish establishments in South Florida, the Field is known for its impeccable renditions of Irish staples like bangers and mash, corned beef, and shepherd’s pie, as well as its unique ambiance sheltered by the canopy of enormous banyan trees. For a typically Irish evening, be sure to head on over to this Irish institution for a pint, a shot of good whiskey, and some traditional Irish music and dancing.
John Martin’s Irish Pub & Restaurant
253 Miracle Mile
Coral Gables, FL 33134
A yearly SW Dade tradition, John Martin’s St Patrick’s Day street party in Coral Gables will be as big (and as crazy) as ever this year with live musical acts that will include yet another U2 tribute band. Starting at 5:00 PM on the 17th, revelers will be able to drink to their hearts’ content while chowing down on some of John Martin’s famous pub fare between Salzedo street and Aragon avenue.
Happy National Beer Day! Clearly this may be one of, if not the, most important holidays of the year. What puzzles me is why we don't have off from work today? But that's a question for some other time. In honor of this fine day, I've put together a list of my favorite beers, outside of the normal draught beers, that deserve some acclaim.
You never really think about how many different kinds of beer exist until the first time you go outside your comfort zone (typical draught beers: Bud, Coors, Miller, the occaional Blue Moon or Shock Top, Yuengling) and try a beer you've never heard of. When you try a beer that's alien to you, and you actually like it, it's almost as if a whole new world of possibilites opens up. And the further you look, you'll see the rabbit hole goes deeper than Alice ever imagined. So here's a rundown of five of my favorite beers (in no particular order), and a warm encouragement to give 'em a try if you haven't already.
In celebration of St. Patrick’s Day, you might be planning to pop open a bottle or two of Ireland’s favorite beer: Guinness. But did you know that Guinness also makes a great cooking ingredient? It can be used in everything from slow-cooked stews to fish and chips to bread to cake, adding a rich, dark, smooth flavor.
Here is a recipe for Guinness bread – it’s simple and delicious,and a great alternative to Irish soda bread if you’re looking for a new Irish dish to bring to a St. Patty’s Day party. This bread is quick and easy to make, and best of all, it only takes one can of Guinness, so you can save the rest for later. Beer and bread- mmm mmm good.
The Dandelion, Stephen Starr’s latest contribution to the Philadelphia food scene, has officially set the bar for all British Pubs to come. From the décor to the creative play on traditional cuisine, this gastropub nails it. Securing a dinner reservation is a feat in itself.
Located on the corner of 18th and Sansom Streets, The Dandelion’s interior is warm and cozy thanks to artwork, furniture and decorative pieces imported from England. The first floor has two levels with both areas dedicated to drinks. The upstairs is used for sit-down dining with another small bar area located in a side room.
Oh, Germany…the country that takes credit for institutionalizing what could be termed “World-Wide Beer-Guzzling Month.” Brining together Germans and non-Germans alike, Oktoberfest is the time to indulge in grilled brats, warm pretzels, and endless streams of beer no matter where you live – unless you live in the worst place ever. Fortunately, DC embraces the gluttony with open arms, mouths, and the occasional lederhosen. While the official Oktoberfest has since wrapped up and moved on, starting this weekend DC will continue to feast on Munich’s leftovers and half-empty beer steins. Even better, some local restaurants provide us with a slice of Germany all year long. And we can’t thank them enough.
Ice cream is usually the way to beat the summer heat and humidity. If you are looking for something more in the liquid form there is always a shake or root beer float. But all these ideas’ are usually missing alcohol. Well, the people over in Boston’s The Lansdowne Pub have come up with something new and alcoholic that may get your attention. A Guinness Float.
Guinness, made in Dublin, is a dark, creamy stout which takes time to settle. Add a scoop of ice cream and watch it blend and form into a consistency of a milk shake. You may even find it is better to eat this delicious drunken summer treat with a spoon.
The Parlour Midtown
247 West 30th Street
(between 7th and 8th Avenue)
New York, NY 10001
This past Tuesday night, John Kelly's The Parlour opened its doors to a very exclusive crowd of media affiliates for a sneak-peek at the restaurant that's soon to be blessing the Midtown-West area with its Irish-style gastro-pub. My editor and I were two of the lucky ones whose eyes got to grace this sophisticated space before its public opening (Wednesday night), gingerly sipping drinks from the open bar whilst enjoying music and tasty samplers from the menu. Oh! And we saw Robert Verdi. What did you do Tuesday night? It's not a contest...but we win.
If you don't own anything with clovers and the thought of green beer makes you want to skip town, then Boston on St. Paddy's Day may be a little more than you can bear. But don't worry, you don't have to be Irish to enjoy a good beer and even though it happens to be Saint Patrick's day you can raise a pint to celebrate whoever or whatever you like! There are bars, restaurants and pubs of all kinds around town that have a great beer selection and the perfect atmosphere for your mood. So, pull up a bar stool and settle in a while.
Redbones is a great BBQ joint with the perfect bar for the indecisive. The selection is great and the dial-a-beer wheel is the best way to navigate the offerings if you are not sure what will quench your thirst. With 26 beers on tap, there is everything from the Opa Opa Vanilla Oak Porter cask conditioned beer to the revived Pabst Blue Ribbon. Coming soon are Rogue Chocolate Stout, Boulder Planet Porter (Nitro Pour) and McNeill's Pullman's Porter.